Yoga teaches me the importance of intention.
In the beginning of each yoga class, we are often asked to set an intention. I wondered about the true meaning of intention for a long time. Is it something that I want to happen? Is it something I am willing to happen? How do I set it and what do I choose?
I’ve noticed over time that the concept of intention is the first step in setting my focus and awareness. My focus goes where I set my intentions. And in that way, intentions are manifested into reality. It’s not a super cosmic thing, though when it happens it can feel that way. It’s a very practical thing.
Gary Kraftsow illuminated this concept for me in 2011 when he offered these three guidelines for setting intentions:
On most days before I get out of bed, before I do my daily meditation, or before teaching, I set this 3-part intention. It makes so much sense to first set the focus, secondly call upon energy outside, and finally acknowledge the energy within to create change and transformation. If you work with the same intention daily and stick to what you say you will do to make it happen in the 3rd step, you’ll be amazed at the results.
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